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Europe ETFs inflows rose in May bringing YTD inflows to $68 billion

Europe ETFs inflows rose in May bringing YTD inflows to $68 billion
Dino Kurbegovic

A leading independent exchange-traded fund (ETF) and exchange-traded product (ETP) consultancy firm ETFGI announced on June 16 that inflows into these products in the European Union amounted to $1.87 billion for May. In short, these May inflows bring the total year-to-date (YTD) inflows to $68.69 billion. 

Meanwhile, compared to assets invested in the Europan ETF industry in April, the May investments rose by 0.05%; however, the YTD inflows represent the second largest inflows compared to $95.19 billion seen in 2021. 

Deborah Fuhr, founder, and owner of ETFGI, explained the distribution of increases across the markets. 

“The S&P 500 was up 0.18% in May but is down 12.76% in the first 5 months of 2022, as inflation concerns along with Fed rate hikes weighed on markets. Developed markets excluding the US increased by 0.73% in May but is down 11.73% YTD. Portugal (up 7.05%) and Spain (up 4.67%) saw the largest increases amongst the developed markets in May.”

She added: 

“Emerging markets increased by 0.03% during May but are down 11.53% in YTD. Chile (up 19.75%) and Colombia (up 9.02%) saw the largest increases amongst emerging markets in May, while Hungary (down 13.81%) and Pakistan (down 10.51%) saw the largest declines.”

Europe ETFs asset growth at the end of May 2022. Source. ETFGI

Top ETFs dominate

Presently, the European ETF industry manages roughly $1.48 trillion in assets across 2,729 products offered by 91 providers, listed on 29 exchanges in 24 countries. During May, a sizable amount of inflows could be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which accounted for $10.44 billion. 

Top 20 ETFs by net inflows for May 2022. Source: ETFGI

It seems as if investors are looking for more safety by diversifying their portfolios as much as possible, where ETFs are usually the main building block.

Looking at the top 20 ETFs that investors pilled into, some themes like treasury yields and commodities stand out as they have seen increases in 2022. 

At the moment, it is difficult to predict if the volatility will subside and whether investors will look at individual companies rather than ETFs for investments. 

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